Fishing Report

Rainbow Trout

Big Bear Lake Fish Report – by locals!

October 30, 2012 The full moon is a bit too bright for the fish. They don’t like it and aren’t biting. Give it a few more days! The cold water, about 58 degrees lake-wide,  has increased the oxygen levels from top to bottom. Lake patrol is no longer on the lake. Be cautious when you choose to go out. Many folks are simply parking on Starvation Flats and casting from the road. Sharpen up your hooks, don’t let the big one get away.

Trout Fishing Hot Spots – Big Bear Lake

Here’s an overview of current fishing conditions in Big Bear Lake. The Department of Fish and Game had a trout plant recently and the action on Big Bear Lake is shifting into summer mode with water temperatures in the low to mid 60s. Clarity is good with higher than normal visibility down to 10 feet. Oxygen levels for trout are fair down to 47 feet at the dam and bump up to 30 feet from the west ramp to Juniper Point. For shore anglers, the best action has been in the West end of Big Bear Lake on PowerBait or nightcrawlers suspended from a slip-bobber – rigged at 20 feet. Trollers are finding success with Rapalas on the surface and Dick Nite spoons and Thomas Buoyants behind three to 3 1/2 colors of lead core from Windy Point west to the dam, where there’s a good mix of large holdovers and freshly planted rainbows. Many anglers are catching Rainbow Trout in the three to four pound range. Crappie and bluegill are showing well along docks, weed beds, and rocks on mini-jigs or small bait suspended under a bobber – Lots of fun for the kids. Bass are  little slow as they come out of spawn. Catfish are starting to hit the stink baits as the bays continue to warm up. East end waters near Stanfield Cutoff are starting to produce and the action will pick up throughout the season. Bowfishermen alert! The carp are packing into the shallows to spawn and the hunting has been good in the mornings before the afternoon breeze makes seeing the fish more difficult.” There’s no better way to experience a Big Bear summer than fishing in our beautiful alpine waters. Bring plenty of water, sun screen, and a light jacket for afternoon breezes. Fishing licenses are required for all anglers over 16 and can be purchased at several locations throughout the valley.   Aaron’s Big Bear Big Bass Tournaments Aug 25, 2012 Aaron’s Big Bear Big Bass Tournaments Big Bear Charter Fishing and Big Bear Cool Cabins is hosting 6 bass tournaments on Big Bear Lake this year! Four tournament details please visit the website www.bigbearbassfishing.com. The event and weigh-in will be held at B’s Backyard BBQ. For more details please call 1(800) 475-3166 or visit Website. Website: www.bigbearbassfishing.com   2011 May 21, 2011 – Aaron’s Spring Bass Fishing Tournament – Big Bear Lake, CA June 11 & 12, 2011 – Fishing for $50,000 – Big Bear Lake, CA June 25 & 26, 2011 – Annual Carp Roundup – Big Bear Lake, CA July 2, 2011 – FREE FISHING DAY – (Everywhere in California) Big Bear Lake, CA September 3, 2011 – FREE FISHING DAY (Everywhere in California) Big Bear Lake, CA October 1 & 2, 2011 – October Troutfest Fishing Tournament – Big Bear Lake, CA   May 20 Fishing Report -Trout “Best in Southern California” Big Bear Lake will have the best fishing in Southern California this weekend, according to the Press Enterprise. California Fish & Game filled the lake with trout for last weekend’s Jim Hall May Trout Classic. The weather has been perfect with unseasonably cold temperatures. Saturday’s weather will be sunny with a high temperature of 63 degrees. There’s a storm coming through in the evening which is expected to clear out by Sunday morning. Expect Sunday to best another incredible day for mountain fishing. Boaters will love our article about Big Bear Lake’s hot trout fishing spots. Need a fishing guide?   Trout Classic Participants Fishing the Lake March 30, 2011 The boating ramps opened April 1st, innagurating the 2011 season. Most fishing is still done offshore. We see fishermen lining Starvation Flats, the North Shore and near the Big Bear Lake Dam. The water is cool and the fish are loving it. Spring is the best season to catch fish. Come up to the lake for some of the best fishing in Southern California.Be sure to pick up your fishing permit. More fishing info… May 2010 Not much change on Big Bear Lake this past week. The weather was a mixed bag. Even on the days when it was chilly and windy, the fish were on for the few anglers out there. Easy limits of trout from 1 to 4 pounds were common for trollers and shore anglers. The trollers working the surface with Rapalas down to 3.5–4 colors of leadcore (17-20 ft) with Needlefish and Dick Nite Spoons got most their fish in Trout Triangle. (Eagle Pt., Lagonita Pt. Solar Observatory). Rainbow pattern colors worked the best. Shore anglers using PowerBait and nightcrawlers from Juniper Pt. to the East Ramp on a short leader (12-24 inches) kept the bows on the chew. Bass and panfish continue to hit spinners and minijigs near shore and docks. Several smallmouth bass over 2 pounds have come in. Trout fishing remains good on the lake for trollers and bait anglers. High winds and cool temps have kept the pressure down. The lake is full of trophy trout so be sure to come up and get in on the big bows, before they are all gone. Shore anglers using short leaders baited with doughbaits and/or nightcrawlers are doing well also, when the wind is down, and the water is less muddy. 3/16/2009 A lot of excitement is being generated for the 2010 season on Big Bear Lake. The lake has risen 3 feet and will continue to fill as the melt-off continues and the promise of a strong El Nino, with rain to come, lingers into spring. The water temperature is about 40 degrees now and the fish are just starting to come out of their winter slumber. Shore anglers on the North Shore are seeing some action for trout fishing off the bottom with PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Keep you leader lengths short (12-18 inches) so the slow moving trout can find them. Check out the tournaments for 2010 on this site. Register early so you don’t miss out on the chance for a trophy trout and great prizes! Big Bear Marina is scheduled to open on April 3rd for the 2010 season. The public launch ramps are scheduled for an April 1st opening. September 13, 2009 Trollers are scoring a few fish at 2.5 colors of leadcore on nickel and pearl back Needlefish. Bait anglers using PowerBait or nightcrawlers suspended from a slip bobber are also getting a few. Trolling with leadcore line or bait fishing with a slip bobber is the only way to go this time of year. Oxygen levels are still good from 33 feet and up at the dam, 30 feet at Papoose, and 23 feet at the the West ramp and observatory. Water temps dropped a degree from 67 to 66 degrees, trout fishing should improve as the moon wanes and the lake continues to cool due to shorter days and chilly nights. Clarity is at 6 feet so you need to present your bait or lure from 10 to 20 feet below the surface.. Sarah Davidson of Covina landed a nice Big Bear Bow near old Gray’s Landing just before sunset. The fish hit a ball of orange PowerBait. Big Bear Lake is a NEW LAKE. Trout fishing is good in the summer months when it was usually slow, and slower during the spring and fall when it is usually good. Large and small mouth bass, crappie and catfish have reestablished themselves after years of decline. What created the NEW LAKE? The Big Bear Municipal Water District is in the middle of a five year plan to eradicate prolific undesirable aquatic vegetation and allow the desirable plants to grow. They have planted crappie, bluegill and smallmouth bass in large numbers. Shocked and removed thousands of tons of carp. Habitat and aquatic zones have been created to support the fishery. The changes are evident and will continue as the lake transitions from the weed choked put and take trout lake that it was to a well balanced NEW LAKE. Big Bear Marina is proud to announce that we are a Berkley Pro Shop! We will have a full line of Pure Fishing Products that includes Berkley, Pflueger, All Star, Stren, Penn, Abu Garcia, Spiderwire, Fenwick, Mitchell, Shakespeare and all of the PowerBait and Gulp Alive baits. September 6, 2009 The full moon and heavy holiday boat traffic has slowed the trout bite this week. Trollers are scoring a few fish at 2.5 colors of leadcore on nickel and pearl back Needlefish. Bait anglers using PowerBait or nightcrawlers suspended from a slip bobber are also getting a few. Trolling with leadcore line or bait fishing with a slip bobber is the only way to go this time of year. Oxygen levels are still good from 33 feet and up at the dam, 30 feet at Papoose, and 23 feet at the the West ramp and observatory. Water temps dropped a degree from 67 to 66 degrees, trout fishing should improve as the moon wanes and the lake continues to cool due to shorter days and chilly nights. Clarity is at 6 feet so you need to present your bait or lure from 10 to 20 feet below the surface.. Sarah Davidson of Covina landed a nice Big Bear Bow near old Gray’s Landing just before sunset. The fish hit a ball of orange PowerBait. Big Bear Lake is a NEW LAKE. Trout fishing is good in the summer months when it was usually slow, and slower during the spring and fall when it is usually good. Large and small mouth bass, crappie and catfish have reestablished themselves after years of decline. What created the NEW LAKE? The Big Bear Municipal Water District is in the middle of a five year plan to eradicate prolific undesirable aquatic vegetation and allow the desirable plants to grow. They have planted crappie, bluegill and smallmouth bass in large numbers. Shocked and removed thousands of tons of carp. Habitat and aquatic zones have been created to support the fishery. The changes are evident and will continue as the lake transitions from the weed choked put and take trout lake that it was to a well balanced NEW LAKE. June 21, 2009 The Summer Solstice has arrived and the fishing on Big Bear Lake is hot! While the trout and cat fishing remains good, the bass and crappie have come on strong. Anglers are taking crappie in the bays near shore on mini-jigs, plastic grubs and mealworms. Both large and small mouth bass are hitting spinner and buzz baits tossed along rock covered jetty’s and near docks all over the lake. Please release these fish unharmed into the lake, as many are full of eggs that will enhance the fishery for years to come. The panfish are great fun and easy for young anglers to catch the excitement of fishing. A clip on bobber attached three feet above a #6 size baitholder hook with a mealworm or piece of nightcrawler is all you need. There is nothing better than to watch that bobber dance on then disappear under the water, accompanied by the surprised shouts of glee from a young angler. Water temperatures and oxygen levels remain good from the Observatory west to the dam for rainbow trout. Trollers are finding the fish at 3 colors of leadcore, with a few coming on the surface. Bait anglers from shore or boat need to start using a slip bobber rigged to 20 feet as oxygen levels are below 5 parts per million on the bottom now. Catfish continue to be caught in the east end of the lake on the sandy bottom, using mackerel, shrimp and stink baits. Jordan Eash of Long Beach and Sugarloaf , CA landed a 2.86 and 7.11 pound pair of trout will fishing with GULP along the North Shore East of the dam. Greg Hipwell of La Verne, CA a regular on the lake, took a 14.14 pound Catfish on GULP Catfish Dough in the wee hours of the morning near Eagle Pt. Big Bear Marina is proud to announce that we are a Berkley Pro Shop! We will have a full line of Pure Fishing Products that includes Berkley, Pflueger, All Star, Stren, Penn, Abu Garcia, Spiderwire, Fenwick, Mitchell, Shakespeare and all of the PowerBait and Gulp Alive baits. May 30, 2009 TWO LAKE RECORDS IN TWO DAYS! What a great Memorial Weekend on Big Bear Lake! On May 24th, Erin Dominguez of Trabuco Cyn. set a new lake record for Rainbow Trout when she landed a 18.69 lb. beautiful bow. Erin was fishing along the south shore near the dam when the huge trout inhaled a nightcrawler. Wrapped in a blanket Erin cradled the fish in her arms as she arrived at the weigh station. The very next day, Kevin Bremer from Fontana came to the weigh station with a monster Channel Catfish! Kevin’s new lake record weighed in at 27.82 lbs. Kevin was fishing off of Gilner Pt. at 12:30 a.m. when the big cat was hooked on a hot dog of all baits! So….the cat bit the dog, but the dog caught the cat! Last weeks report noted that the “catfish bite should go off soon”, boy did it ever! Erin and Kevin will receive a Shakespeare rod and reel combo, PowerBait and a 2 hour pontoon rental from Berkley and Big Bear Marina. “Fishin of $50K” has brought 720 anglers to Big Bear Lake this weekend. All are in search of that one tagged trout that is worth $50,000.00, more news to follow, next week. A lot of large trout that were raised in pens over the winter have been released and are being caught from boat and shore on PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Trollers are finding the trout at 3 to 4 colors with assort Needlefish and Rapalas behind. Small and Largemouth Bass are beginning to nest all around the lake and can be taken on crankbaits, spinners and spoons along the shoreline. Crappie are active in the East end of the lake and being caught on Gulp Waxies and meal worms. Big Bear Marina is proud to announce that we are a Berkley Pro Shop! We will have a full line of Pure Fishing Products that includes Berkley, Pflueger, All Star, Stren, Penn, Abu Garcia, Spiderwire, Fenwick, Mitchell, Shakespeare and all of the PowerBait and Gulp Alive baits. Big Bear Marina is the Official Weigh Station on Big Bear Lake! Bring your trophy catches in and be eligible for monthly Berkley Pro Shop prizes! Stop by and have your picture and catch reported to the fishing media throughout Southern California. May 10, 2009 Spring got passed over this week as summer time temperatures of 70 degrees warmed the valley and the lake. Trollers going down three plus colors, with various lures and patterns in tow did well as they worked “Trout Triangle” (Eagle Pt. Observatory and Lagonita Pt.). The western two thirds of the lake remained slow for trolling, but look for it to improve as the water temperatures rise. Clarity is at 12 feet and the main reason the fish are holding at levels below that. Shore fishing remained good as the pink meat holdovers showed along the North Shore on PowerBait and nightcrawlers from Stanfield Cutoff to Juniper Pt. Drift fishing the middle of the lake, or anchored off the points using the same technique will get you in on the bite. See the Tackle Tips section on this site for more info on how to bait fish the lake, in the spring.. The Jim Hall Memorial May Trout Classic is all set for May 16 and 17. 425 anglers will compete for cash prizes. Trophy sized Rainbow Trout will be released for this event and provide good fishing for the entrants and the public on that weekend and for weeks to come. Lowell Linder of Glendora gets a big “that a boy” for his 1lb. 13oz. trout he caught while trolling in front on the marina. Lowell’s fish hit our number one all time lure, a red dot frog Needlefish. Big Bear Marina is proud to announce that we are a Berkley Pro Shop! We will have a full line of Pure Fishing Products that includes Berkley, Pflueger, All Star, Stren, Penn, Abu Garcia, Spiderwire, Fenwick, Mitchell, Shakespeare and all of the PowerBait and Gulp Alive baits. Big Bear Lake has a new trout tournament this year. “Fishin’ for $50K” will be held 5/30/09-5/31/09. The event is sponsored by The Big Bear Lake Resort Association, Berkley, Rapala, Luhr-Jensen, Flambeau, all of the marinas on the lake, Big Bear Marina, Holloways, Pleasure Point, Pine Knot Landing, Capt. John’s Marina and The Big Bear Municipal Water District. Information and registration is available at www.bigbear.com or 1-800-4-BIGBEAR. Big Bear Marina is the Official Weigh Station on Big Bear Lake! Bring your trophy catches in and be eligible for monthly Berkley Pro Shop prizes! Stop by and have your picture and catch reported to the fishing media throughout Southern California.

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